CISC245 Network Security and Troubleshooting

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC245 Network Security and Troubleshooting
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CISC143 (C or better) AND CISC244 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a practical approach to both securing and troubleshooting a network with emphasis on the local area network. Extensive laboratory work is provided. Topics include wired and wireless network security, cryptography, risk mitigation, problem recognition, and solution.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain security function of various network devices;
    2. explain risk related concepts;
    3. analyze and differentiate types of attacks;
    4. implement tools to discover threats; and
    5. implement procedures to establish host security.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Overview of Network Security
    2. Compliance and Operational Security
      1. Risk concepts
      2. Risk mitigation
      3. Disaster recovery plans
    3. Threats and Vulnerabilities
      1. Malware
      2. Social engineering
      3. Mitigation techniques
    4. Application, Data, and Host Security
    5. Access Control and Identity Management
    6. Cryptology
      1. General cryptology review
      2. PKI (public key infrastructure)
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written test, labs, and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/02; Revised 6/09; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015